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HOMER ("SMYRNS OF CHIOS")
Greek poet
(fl. 750 BC or earlier)
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One who contends with immortals lives a very short life.
      - [Immortality]

Reproach is infinite, and knows no end.
      - [Reproach]

Shame greatly hurts or greatly helps mankind.
      - [Shame]

Silence that spoke, and eloquence of eyes.
      - [Silence]

Such is the chance of war.
      - [Chance]

Sweet sleep fell upon his eyelids, unwakeful, most pleasant, the nearest like death.
      - [Sleep]

The force of union conquers all.
      - [Union]

The Grecian ladies counted their age from their marriage, not their birth.
      - [Age]

The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it.
      - [Disaster]

The tongue of man is a twisty thing, there are plenty of words there of every kind.
      - [Words]

The ugliest man was he who came to Troy; with squinting eyes and one distorted foot.
      - [Ugliness]

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently, and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

To be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds.
      - [Words]

Too much rest becomes a pain.
      - [Repose : Rest]

Uncontrollable laughter arose among the blessed gods.
      - [Laughter]

Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.
      - [Obedience]

Will cast the spear and leave the rest to Jove.
      - [Trust]

Wine lead to folly, making even the wise to laugh immoderately, to dance, and to utter what had better have been kept silent.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

Wisdom never lies.
      - [Wisdom]

And woe succeeds woe.
      - Iliad (bk. XVI, l. 139),
        (Pope's translation) [Woe]

There's a place
  in the middle of the wine-dark sea called Crete,
    a lovely, fruitful land surrounded by the sea.
      - Odyessey (bk. 19),
        Ian Johnston's translation [Crete]

Long exercised in woes.
      - Odyssey (bk. I, l. 2),
        (Pope's translation) [Woe]

Achilles' cursed anger sing, O goddess, that son of Peleus, which stated a myriad sufferings for the Achaeans.
      - The Iliad [Books (First Lines)]

Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring
  Of woes unnumbered, heavenly goddess, sing!
      - The Iliad, (Pope's translation)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Achilles absent, was Achilles still.
      - The Iliad (bk. 22, l. 415),
        (Pope's translation) [Absence]


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